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Stampede at the Love Parade German Music Festival

Investigations have begun by the German authorities into what caused 19 deaths and 300 injuries

By June Kellum
Epoch Times Staff
Created: July 26, 2010 Last Updated: August 6, 2010
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A man light a candle at a make-shift memorial site at the entrance of the tunnel that formed the entrance to the Love Parade grounds on July 26, in Duisburg, western Germany.  (Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images)

A man light a candle at a make-shift memorial site at the entrance of the tunnel that formed the entrance to the Love Parade grounds on July 26, in Duisburg, western Germany. (Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images)

German authorities have begun investigations into a possible security breach after 21 people died and over 300 were injured Saturday in a panic stampede at a techno music festival called Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany.

According to a management document obtained from organizers by German newspaper Der Spiegel, the venue in Duisberg where the Love Parade was held, had a 250,000-person maximum capacity. The total number of people at the free festival is not known, but Der Spiegel reported that festival organizers were expecting over a million attendees. The paper reported that 105,000 people had arrived by train that day.

Participants of the Loveparade 2010 dance at the festival in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, before the stampede happen killing 19.  (Daniel Roland/Getty Images)

Participants of the Loveparade 2010 dance at the festival in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, before the stampede happen killing 19. (Daniel Roland/Getty Images)

It is not known exactly what triggered the panic that caused the stampede. Eleven women and eight men died, including 11 German citizens. The other fatalities were citizens from Spain, Australia, Italy, Bosnia, Holland, and China, according to AP.




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